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Oman

7.0 km (4.3 miles) SSE of Ma'bas, al-Zāhira, Oman
Approx. altitude: 602 m (1975 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 23°S 123°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: Facing east #3: Facing south #4: Facing west #5: Confluence point on top of the car #6: Trying to get the zeroes on the hood #7: Finally!!! #8: Ancient bee-hive tombs in front of Jabal Mišt

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#1: Facing north

(visited by Naella Masud and Talat Masud)

06-Apr-2008 -- We had been living in Oman for a few months on a short-term job contract which was ending soon. So before heading home we went on a short Oman holiday to see more of this beautiful country. This very easy Confluence was on our route, so on a hot 37-degree day, we decided to mark another Confluence. The Confluence lies just off the main road to `Ibriy and a track runs just 50 metres from it.

As we approached it we decided to walk the remaining 50 metres but as soon as I removed the power source wire, to our dismay there were no batteries in the GPS unit!!! Now we had to locate the Confluence from within reach of the car's power source and we were limited to the length of the wire!!! We drove the 50 metres and spotted a pile of stones marking the Confluence... now the challenge would be to get the car over the Confluence to get those much desired zeroes! We literally drove on top of the stone pile and tried to get the zeroes from the hood and within the car. After some manoevering between the bushes, which were scratching the side of the car, we finally got the confluence point.

Given that it was such an easy location, it was still amusing and sometimes frustrating to get the Confluence when restricted with how far you can stretch the GPS from it's power source!

After taking pictures of the majestic mountain looming ahead of us, we headed to Wādiy al-`Ayn to see 3000 year old ancient bee-hive tombs.


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#1: Facing north
#2: Facing east
#3: Facing south
#4: Facing west
#5: Confluence point on top of the car
#6: Trying to get the zeroes on the hood
#7: Finally!!!
#8: Ancient bee-hive tombs in front of Jabal Mišt
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